Prevention Science

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Prevention science is a framework for research focused on preventing and/or mitigating behavioral and health challenges and increasing resiliency. The prevention science work at FPG draws from a diverse range of disciplines—including the behavioral, social, psychological, and neuro sciences—to understand the origins of social problems at the individual, community, and societal levels. Prevention strategies focus on ways to intervene before a problem emerges or worsens, avoiding adverse outcomes and their costs, and enhancing conditions conducive to healthy child and adolescent development, good mental and physical health, and strong families and communities.

Featured Program

FRONTIER, which stands for "Fostering Research on Neuro-prevention via Translation, Infrastructure, Education and Relationships," aims to provide an infrastructure for fostering cross-cutting relationships between basic scientists and intervention and implementation specialists throughout FPG and across UNC to address outstanding questions in the field of prevention. This program will employ a transdisciplinary and translational neuroscience approach as the foundation for meaningful research, practice, and policy.

Featured Person

Robin Jenkins, PhD, is a senior implementation specialist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and the division lead for the Policy Division. Much of Jenkins’ work focuses on juvenile justice and child behavioral health systems. Jenkins is a member of the Impact Center at FPG team as well as Bright Spots: Strengthening the Education-to-Career Continuum in North Carolina, and serves as the principal investigator on OJJDP Juvenile Justice System Enhancements.

Featured Publication

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the historical and contemporary inequities that Black families and communities have experienced throughout their life course and their daily lives. Black Parent Voices: Resilience in the Face of the Two Pandemics—COVID-19 and Racism, illustrates how the pandemic is affecting Black families' experiences with racism and discrimination, financial security/material hardship, health and mental health, and early care and education options.

Current Projects

The NCIC-TP project is a collaborative effort to help counties in NC successfully and sustainably implement the Triple P system of interventions. The project began in 2014 with a two year implementation evaluation of Triple P. Data from that evaluation, along with emerging evidence from implementation science and best practice, is the foundation of the information, learning, and implementation support resources offered by NCIC-TP to NC counties interested in or currently scaling-up Triple P.
The Impact Center at FPG's Implementation Capacity for Triple P (ICTP) projects are currently supporting the scale-up and expansion of Triple P System of Interventions in North and South Carolina.